Record Shopping Road Trip: Time Traveler Records – Akron, Ohio
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As usual, coming to Time Traveler was like coming home. This is one of the record stores in another city that I’ve visited countless times. Right up there with Wax N’ Facts in Atlanta for greatest familiarity in spite of greatest distance. As I entered I noted that owner Scott Shepard was holding court on this Friday afternoon with several guys… and a woman! So it was not just us old geezers! The store was playing some bootleg material as their animated conversation was underway. At first, I had to just look at the stock, but this was the sort of store where one could easily jump into such conversations and that would come later. Inside on the store’s wall was a re-branded V-disc with their name on it. Cool!
As is my policy, I looked at the used CDs first but there was nothing that caught my fancy. The new CDs were seemingly unchanged from my last visit there in 2015. The usual selection of heavy Kleveland Kult albums and artists that just wouldn’t fly elsewhere in the US of A. You know the drill! Alex Harvey. Be Bop Deluxe. Cockney Rebel. Those types. I approved, of course, but I quickly moved on. As usual, I had to stop at the Ultravox section. what would await me?
I could not believe that I was seeing the “Metabox” in a store! That’s how to earn the Monk love! But the real shocker was the French DLX RM of “Ha! Ha! Ha!” from… well, I can’t tell which year, because it’s not in Discogs! It was the same content as the 2006 UK CD I have but very… different. In the 90s I would have bought this simply for “the collection.” But we no longer have money to burn. It was time to move onto the vinyl.
The last time I found several 12″ items so that gave me hope. This time there was but one item that caught my fancy, but it was an interesting item that had just been added to my 2K want list! That’s always good for a thrill! Floy Joy’s first album is something that I’ve never seen anywhere. Produced by Don Was with Sweet Pea Atkinson and Sir Harry Bowens on BVs? Sign me up! I didn’t find any other 12″ discs of note though. I had been saving the best for last. Time Traveler now sold the best stock [if you’re me, at least] of 7″ vinyl going these days. Would the magic from last time continue?
In a word… YES SIR! [okay – that was two words…] Just scope those lovelies above. Roxy Music’s “Take A Chance On Me.” “I Travel,” possibly my ultimate Post-Punk single! Jane Siberry picture sleeves! Where was this stock coming from?! I suspect that I might be seeing Scott’s personal 7″ stash being sold off. There’s no other explanation I can think of! But I didn’t buy these. I already had the Roxy/Minds material in the Record Cell. What did I buy?
My first early Human League 7″ [shameful, I know!] The US “Perfect Way” 7″ by Scritti Politti featured a unique B-side edit: “Perfect Way (Way Perfect Version Edit)
4:27.” “Private Idaho” I’d seen in Nashville on my last trip and regretted not buying just for the blue PS but closer inspection revealed an instrumental version of “Party Out Of Bounds!” Who knew there were early B-52s 7″ rarities… in America?! Then… be still my beating heart… I finally found a high value want list item I’ve long needed: Associates “Party Fears Two” on UK 7″! Associates have been on the “full Collection” list for a long time now with no movement in recent years. Then I also got this.
This was apparently my day for B-52s rarities falling down like confetti. I am anxious to hear if the version mix on the B-side is an edit of the 7:00 remix on “party Mix.” since this came out a year earlier; maybe not? I had to find out. Even at a pricier $7.99 I didn’t balk. After all, when does one see this object for sale? Without paying overseas shipping? There is one copy in US dealer hands on Discogs right now. At $15.00 plus $6.00 shipping. I rest my case! Thank you, Scott! Speaking of which I now had a nice layout of music to buy. It was time to start joining in the conversation in the store.
As it turned out, everyone there had tickets to Mott The Hoople and two of the people there [including the lady!] were wearing Ghoulardi t-shirts! A fact that astonished the proprietor, and even me too. Scott asked me how I had gotten tickets and I related my tale of holding my nose and opening a Live Nation account to get in on the presale. Next, Scott had put on a King Crimson bootleg of the “Islands” period. Not my favorite by this band, but having seen the glory of the 2017 King Crimson US tour, I jumped right into the conversation which by then, had turned to relating how awesome that the current iteration of the band was. They are also touring extensively this year for their actual 50th anniversary. Take, that! Wet-nosed punks! I ended up chatting with the crew for about 10-15 minutes before I decided that there was such a thing as too much fun. I’d need to get back to HQ and see what was up with my wife as we had a dinner with the nephews planned. You know, I can’t remember how long it’s been since I had a conversation with anyone who didn’t come in with me in my local stores. What’s wrong with that picture?
Time Traveler | Akron
- Floy Joy: Into The Hot – Virgin – V2319 – UK – LP – Time Traveler/$2.99
- The Human League: Empire State Human – Virgin – VS 294 – UK – 7″ – Time Traveler/$1.99
- The B-52’s: Private Idaho – Warner Bros. Records – WBS 49537 – US – 7″ – Time Traveler/$1.99
- The B-52’s: Give Me Back My Man – Island Records – WIP 6579 – UK – 7″ – Time Traveler/$7.99
- Scritti Politti: Perfect Way – Warner Bros. Records – 7-28949 – US – 7″ – Time Traveler/$2.99
- Associates: Party Fears Two – Associates – asc 1 – UK – 7″ – Time Traveler/$4.99
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